Riley Cabinet: Only "Dedicated Christians" Need Apply
Well except for maybe this one thing.
[Riley]described a Cabinet full of "dedicated Christians" as being his greatest blessing as governor.Riley wasn't trying to be controversial with this statement and it's not a blatantly offensive rant of the Hank Erwin variety. And no doubt it drew a lot of head-nods from the audience full of Baptist preachers. But does Bob Riley mean that being a "dedicated Christian" is a requirement to be in his cabinet? No Jews need to apply of course. Catholics...maybe. What about a Lutheran who misses church every now and then? Is he "dedicated" enough?
I am obviously making more of this than Riley intended as I doubt the governor uses religiosity as a litmus test for cabinet appointments. But this was his first speech after announcing for re-election against an opponent whose political record has centered around one issue, so it might be a little naive to think Riley didn't know what he was saying.
Though Riley implicitly criticized Moore's religious grandstanding at his re-election announcement, it appears the governor may also be trying out a little "Moore-lite" of his own.